Charles Osgood introduced the stories for April 28, 2013. A Sunday Morning with a difference. Punching the fast forward button to see the trends that are changing our lives. Mo Rocca does the cover story on the world of the future. Yesterday's vision of tomorrow. Second, Serena Alschul on three dimensional printing. Now, to engineer human tissue. Printing the human body. Third, Tracy Smith on Jeremy Irons. Global garbage problem. Fourth, Barry Peterson on Is anybody out there? Fifth, Lee Cowan on Meet the Jetsons. The year 2062. Nostalgic. Jetsonian expectations.
Don Daylor in the newsroom for the headlines. Italy shooting. FBI arrest related to Ricin, J. Everett Dusky. Phone call about Jihad. More people found in rubble. Justice Breyer accident. White House correspondents dinner. Weather: sunny in the northeast. General cool down for most of the country.
Yesterday's tomorrow was a wondrous place. Mo Rocca on the world of tomorrow. Gleaming cites in the sky. Amazing Stories. 2001 came out in 1968, Space travel by Pan Am. Illustrator Ron Miller. Wolfgang Schroeder. John Crestevich visited 1964 Worlds Fair in New York. He was five years old in the World of Science. RCA. The dominating impact of corporate sponsonship. Editor in chief of Popular Mechanics. Just Imagine (1930). In 1954: Pop Mec predicted flat screen tv. But air mail to house; vac tube powered trains. "The House of the Future" made of plastic. Pill turns into turkey dinner. 1958: Fabulous World of Jules Verne. Sikorsky read Verne. "From the Earth to Moon." Murray Linester A Logic Named Joe. Ninetenn eighty four. Dystopia. Utopias are like infomercials. Too optimistic in the past; too pessimistic today. Catastrophize the present.
Note poll results for America's best days!!!!
Best days in the future: 35% Best days in the past: 49%
Print in three dimensions. Serena Alschul. Clare Devane was born without a right ear. Bioprinting. Human tissue.
Impart organization right from the start. Larry Bonistar at Cornell University: printed a human ear. 15 minutes for an ear. Layers of living cells. An ear from an incubator grown for a couple of months. The printed ears are now in animal trials. Mychrosia. Currently: sculpt rib cage tissue. Organovo of San Diego. Commercial bioprinter. Oregon Healt. Prof. Rosalee Sears. Tumors treated with a different drug. Reprint person's tissue. Brendan-Colson Clinic. Personalized medicine. Alzheimer's. Blockbuster development.
John LaPook. Year one million BC, homo sapiens. Rob DiSalle at Museum of Natural History. Process of Natural Selection. Passing on desirable traits. Steve Sterns of Yale University. Genes are going to change. Human being of tomorrow. Racial differences will lessen. Blondes and redheads might become endangered. Jaws smaller. Future: less hair. Shift to wimpier. Google is impairing our memory. Future: more emotionally intelligent. Interact in a social context. It's a movie and we are in the middle of the plot. Man/machine hybrids. How do we make sense of information. Technological advantage --> evolutionary advantage. What women like. Perhaps somebody who is a good cook.
The future is now. High tech wizards. Rita Braver interviews Eric Schmidt of Google. IBM PC used floppy disks. Now, phone has 100,000 more storage. Now, do most of computing on phones. Cars that can drive themselves. Book: The New Digital Age. Holodeck will occur in our lifetime. Re-create the memory. "where you were." Watch the concert for you. Haptic technology. We will have to work harder to prevent identity theft. Virtual armies. Cyber-warfare. China stealing intellectual property. Down rev. Humans are incredibly ingenious. World of digital technology tracking terrorists. World Trade Center. Symbol of renewal. If we are all connected; get ahead of it.
Martha Teichner on Library of Congress. Carol Highsmith. Her images will be preserved. Photographing all 50 states. Living for 100 years from now. Preserving the past and the present for the future. Gutenberg Bible. A draft of the Gettysburg Address. Map from 1507 with name "America." Founded in 1800. Library bought Jefferson's books. Jefferson's Koran published in 1764. Anybody 16 or older can get a card. James Billington has been librarian of Congress since 1987. First screen kiss. Archiving twitter postings. Columbia Grapaphone. Irene, a three d scanner.
Re-create the sound. 38 million items now available on line. Former slave Fountain Hughes. Picture of 1936: migrant mother (by Dorothy Hughes). Big Tex: mascot of Texas State Fair, burned down after being photographed. A sense of who we are. Smallest book at Library of Congress: Old King Cole. Size of dot of a period.
Lee Cowan on Meet the Jetsons. Warner Brothers Studios. Storyboards from Jetsons. Elroy. Debuted in 1962. Moonhattan. Pneumatic tube transport. The year 2062. Matt Novak: Jetson-ologist. All 24 episodes. Set the bar for what we expect. Videophone: skype. Talking watch; iphone Sirie. Sense of Jetsonian betrayal. Retro-futurist mantra. Rosie the Robot. Sam Register, head of animation. Standard of comfort is rarely comfortable enough. Gadgets are only as good as people who use them.
Bill Geist of getting money for retirement. Shooting craps. Bingo parlors. The dog track. Robbing banks. Buying lottery tickets. Richard Lustig of Orlando. There is a method to playing. Mega Hog. $842K. This has nothing to do with luck. I'm a professor; this is a bunch of hogwash. Geist spent $57 got back $20.
Tracy Smith does Sunday Profile on Jeremy Irons. Die Hard with a Vengeance. Simon Gruber. Now: Trashed. A future world buried in its own garbage. Trash mountain 40 meters in height. Out of sight, out of mind. Where does trash go?
In Indonesia, into river, then into sea. Garbage has become personal. Important and curable. Takes a little thought. People need a bit of organization. Garbage activist. Feel like a plumber. Born in England in 1948. Trained as a stage actor. "Reversal of Fortune." Glenn Close. SHO the Borgias, Pope Alexander VI. Now, Pope of Recyling. Elegant and refined voice of caution. Human nature is extraordinary.
Dean Reynolds. The Segway. Jonah Berger of Wharton on "the flop." Spruce Goose; the Ford Edsel. "New Coke." Next big things. New Product Works in Ann Arbor, MI. 120,000 products. GFK. Elliot Rossen: fad from fizzle. Only 20% succeed. Pepsi AM a failure. Swiffer succeeded. Jonah Berger wrote a book: Contagious.
Segway's owner died going off a cliff in 2010.
Barry Peterson is anybody out there, starts out with "Starry, starry night." March 2009: Kepler launched. Cygnus.
Kepler scans 150,000 stars every 30 minutes. Natalie Batalha. 1995: found a planet beyond our solar system. Goldilocks planets. NASAs Terry Haller. greenhouse. Microbial planet. Hot springs in Yellowstone; pH like battery acid.
Pulse. Probably find life (38%) next 30 years.
Josh Landes. Mitch Butler Fast Draw. Ponce deLeon. Most people did not get to 40. Now 78 years. In theory, 120 years or longer. Hacking our own cells. Copies of copies. Tweaking a few genes. Round worms. Nanobots. Repairing DNA. Cells live forever. Prosthetics.
Next week. Sink holes.
The week ahead. Not given.
Moment of Nature. Handihaler. Here comes the sun. Ocean. Shoreline. Waves. Location unknown (?)
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UP NEXT: April 28
/ ABC SPECIAL EDITION: "Fast Forward"
COVER STORY: A history of the future
Flying cars, jet backpacks, and robots that do housework -- why isn't the future here yet?
Mo Rocca brings you a history of the future as we expected it.
For more info:
black-cat-studios.com (Ron Miller)
"The Grand Tour: A Traveler's Guide to the Solar System" by William K. Hartmann and Ron Miller (Workman Publishing)
John Kriskiewicz, Fashion Institute of Technology
Louis C.K. (Comedy Central)
FINE PRINT: 3-D printing
Serena Altschul reports on a cutting-edge technique that seems like the stuff of science fiction: 3-D printing. Imagine a device like your home printer capable of "printing" blood vessels, a liver, even a human ear.
For more info:
Dr. Lawrence Bonassar, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Cornell University
Dr. Rosalie Sears, Oregon Health & Science University
THE COSMOS: Kepler seeks to answer: Is anybody out there?
Are we alone? Or is Earth the only planet in the universe that could support life? In 2009, NASA launched a telescope called Kepler to search for Earth-like planets beyond our solar system. So far, more than 800 planets have been confirmed, and astronomers suspect there may be literally hundreds of millions more waiting to be discovered.
A handful of planets even appear to orbit in the "habitable" zone of their star in which water could pool, and life could potentially survive. But the burning question everyone wants to know is: Will we ever really know if anybody else is out there? Barry Petersen talks to scientists working on NASA's Kepler Mission.
For more info:
Kepler: A Search for Habitable Planets
Want to search for your own planet? Visit planethunters.org
GOOGLE: Eric Schmidt on "The New Digital Age" As Executive Chairman of Google, Eric Schmidt is in a prime position to not only forecast the future of technology, but to shape it. He foresees a world of ongoing cyber war; a world where autocratic governments struggle against technologically-empowered citizens; a world where the threat of hacking by countries like China is ever-present.
But he also foresees a world where your smartphone will actively guide you through everyday life, and where you can summon 3-D memories, similar to the Holodeck in "Star Trek."
It's all in a new book Schmidt has co-authored, "The New Digital Age." Correspondent Rita Braver introduces us to Eric Schmidt's vision of the future.
For more info:
"The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations and Business" by Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen (Knopf), available in hardcover and eBook
WEB EXTRA VIDEO: Eric Schmidt with a tour of computing history
WEB EXTRA VIDEO: Eric Schmidt: Why N. Korea fears the Internet
WEB EXTRA VIDEO: Eric Schmidt: Wars will be fought online
ANIMATION Meet "The Jetsons"
Lee Cowan looks back at the futuristic 21st century TV family, "The Jetsons," and what their vision of Earth in the year 2062 tells us about the Earth of today.
For more info:
"50 Years of the Jetsons: Why The Show Still Matters" by Matt Novak (Smithsonian.com)
"The Jetsons" as 50: Episode Guide (Smithsonian)
"The Jetsons" (Warner Bros.)
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS: Preserving America for all time
What parts of our culture do we choose to keep and preserve for future generations? That's one of the jobs of the Library of Congress: To preserve the past and present for the future. Martha Teichner take us on a tour of the Library's Thomas Jefferson Building, where you will find some of the 155 million items that are kept for posterity. You'll also meet a photographer engaged in a very special project: Documenting the 50 United States as they exist today, as more and more of the American landscape disappears to time.
Preserving images of America
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For more info:
Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
National Film Registry (Library of Congress)
National Recording Preservation Board (Library of Congress)
This is America Foundation
LOTTERY: More than a little bit of luck
Bill Geist reports.
SUNDAY PROFILE: Jeremy Irons talks trash
It's weird to see an Oscar-winning actor rooting through trash cans in New York City's nicest neighborhood, but for Jeremy Irons, garbage has become personal. He is producer of a new documentary, "Trashed," which shows us the terrifying possibility of a future world buried in its own garbage.
"I wanted to make a documentary about something which I thought was important and which was curable," he told Tracy Smith. "It's not rocket science."
For more info:
"Trashed" (Official site)
"The Borgias" (Showtime)
Dr. Jon LaPook reports.
COMMENTARY: Google Glass
The New York Times' David Pogue offers his view of the new computer interface technology you wear on your face.
"People are always looking for the next big thing, what's new, what's the future, what's different from now," says Jonah Berger, a professor of marketing at the Wharton Business School. But a lot of those "next big things" turn out to be failures. In fact, fewer than 20 percent of new products succeed in the marketplace. Why?
Dean Reynolds visit the New Product Works in Ann Arbor, Mich., which stands as a breathtaking case study of fads and fizzles. Owned by global market research firm GFK, the collection features 120,000 different items -- many of them marketing fiascos -- spanning more than three decades of American pop culture.
For more info:
The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania
"Contagious: Why Things Catch On" by Jonah Berger (Simon & Schuster); also available in Audio download | eBook | CD
New Product Works at GfK Group, Ann Arbor, Mich.
THE FAST DRAW: TBD